Financial Resources for Workforce Continuing Education Students

WakeWorks Propel Scholarship

Scholarship awards of up to $750 for accelerated non-degree Workforce Continuing Education courses leading to industry-recognized or state credentials for high-demand jobs in five career fields. Most of the courses can be completed in three to six months.

Additional funding opportunities

Workforce Continuing Education
Scholarship Application
State Employees' Credit Union
(SECU) Scholarship
Food and Nutrition Services
Employment and Training (FNS E&T) Scholarship
Finish Line Grant
View a list of current scholarship opportunities through the Wake Tech Foundation.

COVID-19 emergency aid: Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF)

Wake Tech recognizes that our students may encounter special circumstances or emergencies because of COVID-19 that impact your education. We have received Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grant funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplement Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to support students with costs of attendance or emergency costs caused by the pandemic.

COVID-19 emergency aid funds are available for Workforce Continuing Education students enrolled in Occupational Education or College & Career Readiness programs and who have experienced financial challenges due to the pandemic.

Wake Tech’s COVID-19 emergency aid funds provide emergency assistance to students to cover expenses related to the disruption of their education due to the pandemic:

  • Tuition
  • Course materials (technology and non-technology)
  • Food
  • Housing
  • Utilities (including internet access)
  • Health care (including mental health)
  • Child care
  • Car repair
  • Transportation (including gas)
  • Loss of income

If you are experiencing financial challenges directly related to the pandemic, apply for COVID-19 emergency aid funds.

  1. Click the application button below, or log in to your student account via the Wake Tech Student portal and complete the application. You will need to have set up your Wake Tech email account prior to applying.
  1. Answer all questions and include required documentation as listed on the application. Documents may be uploaded within the application .
  1. Before submitting, be sure you understand the verification statement at the end of the application. If you cannot verify that you are experiencing any financial challenges due to the coronavirus, then you should not apply.
  1. Your completed application will be reviewed, and, if approved, the college will mail you a check.

If you need assistance with the application process, please email [email protected].

Students enrolled in credit-bearing programs at Wake Tech may also be eligible.

FAQs for Workforce Continuing Education (non-credit) Students

What is COVID-19 emergency aid?

Wake Tech received Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants to support eligible students with costs of attendance or emergency costs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

How do I know if I’m eligible for COVID-19 emergency aid?

Students must be enrolled at Wake Tech in an Occupational Education or College & Career Readiness course and attest that they are experiencing financial challenges related to COVID-19.

A Wake Tech Occupational Education student is considered "enrolled" once they have met the 10% point in a class. College & Career Readiness students are considered "enrolled" after completing 12 hours of instruction.

If you owe a balance to Wake Tech, the college will not deduct any costs from these emergency aid funds, but the outstanding balance will remain on your account.

I am currently enrolled in a Motorcycle Basic Rider course. Am I eligible to apply?

No. Self-supporting and community service programs do not meet the enrollment criteria for grant funds.

Are College & Career Readiness students eligible to apply?

Yes. Students enrolled in College & Career Readiness programs, excluding HEP, are eligible to apply. To be considered eligible, a student must complete 12 hours of instruction.

I registered today for a Nurse Aide 1 class that begins next month. When should I apply?

A Wake Tech Nurse Aide student is considered "enrolled" once they have met the 10% point in a class. For example, in classes that meet 100 hours, a student would need to complete 10 hours in the course to be considered enrolled. Once enrolled, they should complete the online application.

I took a Natural Hair Specialist class recently that ended in November 2021. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes. Non-credit courses that include career and employment training are eligible. Even if your class has recently ended, you may still be eligible to receive funds.

I received a scholarship from Wake Tech. Am I still eligible to apply for emergency funds?

Yes. Even if you have received other financial assistance from Wake Tech, you are still eligible to apply.

Are these funds taxable?

No. These emergency aid funds are not part of your gross income for tax purposes. Visit the IRS CARES Act website or contact the IRS for more guidance.

If I am enrolled in both degree and non-degree programs, should I submit two applications?

No. If you are currently enrolled in both degree and non-degree programs, you should submit the application for degree students.

How is my COVID-19 emergency aid grant determined?

Wake Tech determines the amount of the grant by considering the information provided on the application and related documentation.

When and how will I receive my payment?

If you receive an email notifying you that you have been approved to receive an emergency aid payment, your payment will be sent to the mailing address you have on file with Wake Tech. It may take up to six weeks to receive payment.

How can I use my COVID-19 emergency aid funds?

How you use these funds is your choice. We hope you’ll carefully consider your personal and educational expenses for your cost of attendance so you remain on the path to completion. We cannot guarantee availability of future funds.

I have not received any information about my application.

If you submitted your application more than two weeks ago, you can check on the status of your application by emailing [email protected]. Applications are not reviewed when Wake Tech is closed.

If my application was denied, can I appeal the decision?

If your financial situation has changed since your application was first submitted and you would like to appeal the decision, send an email to [email protected] and include the following information:

  • Name
  • Student ID number
  • Wake Tech email address
  • Phone number
  • Detailed information on changes to your current financial situation and how it is related to COVID-19

The appeals decision will be final.

We are here to help you succeed

Non-degree students can benefit from…

Workforce Continuing Education Career Pathways program and Student Resources

Browse our training clusters and then set up an appointment to meet with a Career Coach. Get started by calling us at 919-866-5853 or by emailing us.

When you successfully complete your training, we can connect you with local employers and career opportunities.